Michel Platini once called Hidalgo a dreamer. He created the collective that plays free and beautiful football, the same way he always dreamed about it.
FIFA shared French football has lost a legend. On March 26, Michel Hidalgo died at the age of 87 after a long battle with illness. Le Monde commented that Hidalgo was the one who brought French football back to the top.
Club Olympique de Marseille, where Hidalgo had 5 years of working, left emotional lines. Michel Hidalgo, with all kindness and immense kindness, will leave a great void in them.
The history of continental football could be very different without Hidalgo. Eight years leading the French team, this coach created an important milestone for Continental football. Under Hidalgo’s lead, “Les Bleus” won the EURO championship in 1984. It was the first team-level grand title of French football.
Not only helping the French thirst for titles, Hidalgo also enters the history of world football as one of the most romantic coaches and possesses the most soaring football.
In February, former French football players gathered at a small restaurant in Paris, to celebrate Hidalgo’s 87th birthday.
There, one finds legends like Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez, Joel Bats, Manu Amoros, Dominique Rocheteau, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana or Marius Tresor. Hidalgo appeared tired, and the family said he had never survived “the death of his best friend Raymond Kopa in 2017.
Kopa and Hidalgo’s friendship is admired by the French public. Both are great personalities of this country’s football background.
Kopa was one of the best midfielders of world football in the 1950s, who received the title of “European Golden Ball” in 1958 and was honored by “Football King” Pele in the list of 125 players alive. the greatest in the world.
Meanwhile, as a player, Hidalgo has won the French championship three times with Reims and Monaco. He was also a leader, who fought fiercely against corruption and demanded the rights of his players. Hidalgo once rejected the Real coach seat.
However, the most successful success of Hidalgo’s life was in the role of coach, when he won the Euro 1984 with flying football and pompous, as characteristic of the French.